WHEELING – After a COVID-enforced hiatus, the St. Michael’s Parish Community Festival returns next week for three days of family fun.
The festival will be held Thursday through Saturday at St. Michael’s Parish School on the National Road in Wheeling. The events will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. This will be the parish’s first festival since 2019.
“The festival has been a long-standing tradition in St. Michael and unfortunately we couldn’t have it in 2020 or 2021,” said Jacob Manning, who leads the festival’s planning committee with his wife Adrianne. “We are really looking forward to bringing him back this year. We’ve got lots of everyone’s favorites plus new stuff and a great range of entertainment. ”
On Thursday, entertainment begins with Brother Randall and Friends from 6-7:30 p.m. and Easy Street from 8-10 p.m. On Fridays, The Muddle kicks off from 5-7:30 p.m. followed by MSM from 8-11 p.m. On Saturday, the Old Fashioned Chicken Dinner will see Jule Carenbauer perform from 5-7pm, with Taylor Jo and the Copper Creek Band from 5:30-7:30pm and Eli & The Mojo Kings rounding out the evening from 8-11pm.
Several food stalls will be available with cuisines ranging from Mexican to Italian to Filipino, as well as festival favorites like strawberry shortcake, funnel cake and baked goods. The festival will hold a 50-50 raffle, a raffle with 17 themed baskets worth $100 to $700, as well as a silent auction. Silent auction items include a private flight for two over northern West Virginia, a catered dinner by Chef Rocco Basil, and two tickets and a parking pass for the Oct. 13 game of West Virginia University against Baylor.
Bingo will take place in the school cafeteria on three evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.